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  • Tensions with New York City police go beyond racial issues: commissioner

    By Frank McGurty NEW YORK (Reuters) - Tensions between New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the police are rooted in issues that go beyond racial relations, the police commissioner said on Sunday, a day after the funeral of one of the two officers slain a week ago in their patrol car. The…

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  • Woman plans guilty plea in triple Texas murders: prosecutor

    By Kevin Murphy (Reuters) - A woman charged with helping her husband kill a Texas district attorney, his wife and an assistant district attorney has reached a tentative agreement to plead guilty to murder, the special prosecutor in the case said on Sunday. Kim Williams is charged with three counts…

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  • Woman plans guilty plea in triple Texas murders, prosecutor says

    By Kevin Murphy (Reuters) - A woman charged with helping her husband kill a Texas district attorney, his wife and an assistant district attorney has reached a tentative agreement to plead guilty to murder, the special prosecutor in the case said on Sunday. Kim Williams is charged with three counts…

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  • Ferguson police spokesman suspended after 'pile of trash' remark

    (Reuters) - The spokesman for the police department in Ferguson, Missouri, has been suspended without pay after admitting he referred to a roadside memorial to an unarmed teenager killed by police as a "pile of trash," the city announced over the weekend. After insisting he had been misquoted,…

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  • Arizona officer killed during domestic violence investigation

    (Reuters) - An Arizona police officer investigating a domestic violence incident was shot dead by a suspect who then killed himself, police said. Flagstaff police officer Tyler Stewart, 24, was trying to contact suspect Robert Smith, 28, on Saturday when Smith fired several shots at Stewart before…

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  • Five die in Kansas City after car hit by truck

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Reuters) - Police on Sunday were investigating an accident that killed five people, including three toddlers, when their car stopped on a Kansas City freeway and was struck from behind by a semi-truck. Two women and three children under the age of 3 died in the Saturday wreck on…

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  • Fire at San Antonio high-rise for seniors kills five

    By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - A fire in a high-rise apartment building for senior citizens left five people dead in suburban San Antonio, Texas on Sunday, fire officials said. Firefighters used ladders to pluck some elderly residents from the upper floors of the 12-story building. Three…

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  • Teen charged with arson in Missouri protest

    (Reuters) - A teen was charged Saturday with arson after police say he confessed to setting a convenience store on fire during anti-police violence protests in a St. Louis suburb last week, according to officials and media reports. Joshua Williams, 19, was in the St. Louis County Jail on Saturday…

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  • Former President Bush, 90, to spend weekend in Houston hospital

    (Reuters) - Doctors in Houston will keep former U.S. President George H.W. Bush in the hospital through the weekend since his bout with shortness of breath, though doctors "have begun discussing dates for his discharge," his office said Saturday. Bush, 90, was taken by ambulance to Houston…

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  • New York protests against police violence attract other causes too

    By Andrew Chung (This story corrects spelling of surname in pentultimate paragraph to "Rieth" in the December 6 story.) NEW YORK (Reuters) - One of the dozens of rallies and marches in New York this week to protest police violence against minorities was organized by members of Occupy Wall Street,…

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  • Man at New York psychiatric hospital killed by fellow patient, police say

    (Reuters) - A patient at a psychiatric hospital in New York City has been charged with killing a fellow patient at the state-run facility, police said on Saturday. Police responded late Friday to an emergency call from the Bronx Psychiatric Center, in the Bronx borough, where they found a…

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  • 'Gorillafication' in sight for abandoned baby primate at Ohio zoo

    By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - Zookeepers wearing gorilla suits have helped rear an endangered abandoned baby gorilla in Ohio so she can join an adult group. The 16 human surrogates have spent three months feeding, nurturing and gently introducing the baby, Kamina, to adult female gorillas,…

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  • Two snowmobilers die, one rescued after plunging into Montana lake

    (Reuters) - Two men died and a third was rescued from a Montana lake when their snowmobiles plunged into the ice-covered body of water as they attempted to cross to the other side, local officials said Saturday. A group of five male snowmobilers were traversing a frozen patch of Seeley Lake, in…

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  • Crime and lawsuits cloud new 'American Sniper' movie

    By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - The real-life story behind Hollywood's "American Sniper," rolled out this holiday season, has been a dark tale of lawsuits and a pending murder trial for the man accused of gunning down the movie's hero. Iraq War veteran Eddie Ray Routh is to stand trial in…

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  • Oregon mother calls daughter's East Timor release 'Christmas present'

    By Alex Dobuzinskis (Reuters) - The mother of an Oregon woman newly freed from two months of imprisonment in East Timor said on Friday that news of her daughter's release was a "fantastic Christmas present," but it remained uncertain how soon she could return to the United States. Bernadette Kero,…

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  • U.S. looking into report of kidnapped Border Patrol agent in Texas

    By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into a claim made in a call to a Texas border town police department that a Mexican organized crime cartel has kidnapped a U.S. Border Patrol agent, officials said on Friday. U.S. Customs and Border…

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  • Body of autistic New York boy found in South Carolina pond

    (Reuters) - The body of a 4-year-old New York autistic boy who had gone missing two days earlier from his grandmother's house in South Carolina was found in a nearby pond on Friday, police said. An autopsy performed on Jayden Morrison of White Plains is expected to show that he died of accidental…

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  • Mourners gather for slain New York policeman

    By Jonathan Allen and Sebastien Malo NEW YORK (Reuters) - Police officers in dress uniform and other mourners joined a somber, four-block line outside a New York City church on Friday for the wake of one of two officers shot by a man who said he was avenging the killing of unarmed black men by…

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  • Petrobras cleared to start production at Buzios field

    SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras said on Friday it received clearance from the oil and gas regulator ANP to start production from its Buzios field off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. Petroleo Brasileiro SA, as the company is officially known, had declared the field, which…

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